I. General Instructions.
II. Rewards and Distinctions to Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates.
III. Pensions to Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates.
§ I. - GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS.
The Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, Bombardiers, Drummers, Buglers, Gunners, and Privates of the Royal Marines belonging to Her Majesty's Ships, whether entered on the Ship's Books as part of the complement, or borne as supernumeraries, except when borne for a passage for service on shore, as hereinafter provided, shall be entitled to the same advantages, and subject to the same discipline, as the rest of the Ship's Company.
Whenever Royal Marines, formed into a separate Corps or Battalion, shall be embarked as passengers on board any of Her Majesty's Ships, all the Officers and Soldiers of such Corps or Battalion, shall be subject to the same regulations as Her Majesty's Land Forces under like circumstances.
The Officers and Non-commissioned Officers shall command each other and the Private Marines, agreeably to their respective ranks, and to the custom of the Marine Service, in all matters relating to their distinct duties as Marines; but none of them are ever to assume any Naval command or authority whatsoever, unless ordered to do so by their superior Naval Officers; and they are to be, in all matters whatsoever, under the command of the Captain or Commanding Officer of the Ship in which they may be, and of the Officer of the Watch for the time being, whatsoever his rank may be.
The Officers of the Royal Marines are to be treated on board with the respect due to the Commissions which they bear, and the Non-commissioned Officers are to be treated according to their respective stations; and any disobedience of their lawful commands, or any insult or injury to their persons, shall be dealt with as if such offences were committed against Officers or Petty Officers of the Navy of corresponding ranks,
If any Non-commissioned Officer shall be guilty of any such misconduct as, in the opinion of the Captain or Commanding Officer of the Ship, may require that he should be reduced from his rank, such Commanding Officer shall report the same (mentioning particularly the Division he belongs to) to the Secretary of the Admiralty, or to his Commander-in-chief, if he be under the orders of one; and with the sanction of the Admiralty, or of such Commander-in-chief, he may reduce the offender; but if there be no opportunity of reporting the case to the Admiralty, or to the Commander-in-chief, the Commanding Officer may then, with the concurrence of the senior Officer of Marines (if there be one on board, and if not, by his own authority) reduce the offender to the ranks, reporting the same, with the least delay, to his Commander-in-chief, or to the Admiralty, as may be, for approval. The warrant for the reduction of any Non-commissioned Officer is to be countersigned by the senior Marine Officer, if there be one on board.
The Marine Arms, Bugles, Fifes, and Drums are to be under the charge of the Commanding Officer of the Marines on board, who is to be accountable for any loss or damage that may happen to them for want of sufficient care on his part; and every such case, and the particulars of the loss or damage, shall be reported by the Captain or Commander to his Commander-in-chief, or, if he be not under the orders of one, to the Secretary of the Admiralty, that the amount may be charged against such Commanding Marine Officer; but if any such loss or damage shall happen through the neglect of any other person, the Officer of Marines is immediately to acquaint the Captain or Commander therewith, who is to cause the value thereof to be forthwith noted against such person's name in the Ship's Books, in order to its being deducted from his pay or wages.